FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Promotion on Internet and Social Media Platforms


On June 17, 2014, the FDA issued long-awaited draft guidance documents addressing two challenges related to use of social media to communicate about FDA regulated products: dissemination of information in character-limited forums and the correction of third-party misinformation. While helpful in certain respects, these draft guidance documents reveal a reluctance by the agency to modify existing policies to accommodate unique characteristics of social media.

Draft Guidance for Industry on Internet/Social Media Platforms with Character Space Limitations – Presenting Risk and Benefit Information for Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices

This draft guidance addresses presentation of information on product risks and benefits in the context of electronic/digital platforms with character and space limitations. These include "microblog" platforms like Tweets and online sponsored links rather than to product websites or webpages on social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

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Topics:  Draft Guidance, Facebook, FDA, Google, Medical Devices, Prescription Drugs, Social Networks, Twitter, YouTube

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